Bertie L. Branson

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Bertie L. Fitzwater Branson, 91, of Lost River, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the E.A. Hawse Nursing & Rehab in Baker.

Born Aug. 20, 1921, in Belington, she was the daughter of the late William E. Fitzwater and Valley Sturms Fitzwater. Also preceding her in death were three sisters.

She was the owner and operator of Lost River Motel and Grill and was a member of the Lost River United Methodist Church

Surviving are a son, Richard Branson and wife Sherry of Baker; daughter, Karen Strawderman and husband Michael of Lost River; daughter Maria Douthitt of Fort Ashby; a special companion, Ralph Heishman of Baker; a brother, Forrest Fitzwater of Grafton, Ohio; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at the McKee Funeral Home Chapel, Baker, with pastor Deborah Shreve officiating.

Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Lost River.

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